Brighton defender Adam Webster has been singing the praises of his team-mate Tariq Lamptey, who has made quite an impression since breaking into the first team recently.
The 19-year-old helped the Seagulls to keep a clean sheet in Saturday’s win at Norwich and, following his performance at Carrow Road, several supporters of his previous club Chelsea were raging over their decision to sell him to the Sussex outfit in January.
As per Brighton & Hove Independent, Webster said of the teenager: “He’s done amazing since he’s come in. I remember watching him on his debut for Chelsea and thinking ‘This guy’s a player’.
“Ever since he’s come in, every day in training he works so hard. You can see the ability he’s got. He’s kept his head down. Obviously he’s had to wait for his chance and now he’s got it and taken it with both hands. We’re really lucky to have him.
“He’s got everything. Athletically, he’s so fast and so strong. He doesn’t get beat in a one-v-one. Technically he’s very good. The best thing is he is a lovely kid. He’s so humble. He has a bright future in front of him.”
Lamptey had only played 31 minutes of Premier League football for Chelsea before they sold him to Brighton in January and, while he had to wait until the recent trip to Leicester to make his Seagulls debut, he has made the most of his chance when it came.
A strong debut showing against the Foxes, in which he won three tackles and made four clearances, won him man of the match that evening. He has since kept his place for the subsequent games against Manchester United and Norwich, with another fine performance against the Canaries on Saturday as he made five interceptions and got forward to supply four crosses.
Even in his fleeting Brighton career, the 19-year-old is among the market leaders in Graham Potter’s squad for some metrics. His average of 1.7 interceptions per game is the joint-most at the Amex Stadium along with Dale Stephens, while none of his team-mates can match his 2.3 successful dribbles per game average (as per WhoScored).
Lamptey has indeed had a magnificent start to his Brighton career, having not looked out of place despite facing two of the Premier League’s top five in his first two appearances for the Seagulls.
Will Tariq Lamptey be a regular starter for Brighton next season?
The teenager still has five more league games in which to make an even greater impression on his manager and, with Albion effectively clear of relegation, he can play with a degree of freedom for the rest of the month and strengthen his case to be a key player for them going into next season.
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